Melbourne transforms itself into a foreign wonderland at night. Armed with my Pentax K1000, I venture forth after-hours to capture ‘a Brassaï moment’—the moment when Highlander lane, between Flinders street and Flinders lane, reminds me of the square Caulaincourt in Paris—the setting of my first book, Orpheid: L’Arrivée (2012).
As a writer, I move from obscurity to clarity. For me, writing is a flânerie through the chiaroscuro of consciousness and unconsciousness. I enjoy the frisson of venturing into dark places which are foreign to me—like alighting from a taxi in a cosmopolitan European locale late at night, not sure where you are, barely speaking the language, some menacing silhouettes in the milieu to greet you.
Before I was ever a Melbourne Flâneur, I was a flâneur in Paris, the Mecca of flânerie. In L’Arrivée I wrote about my experience of feeling both fearful and fearless, arriving alone, late at night, in a small Parisian square in Montmartre. Despite barely speaking the language, I had a strange sprezzatura, a strange confidence in myself—in my mission and message as an artist—going forward.
Do you speak the language of the land? If you are a writer in French, Italian or Spanish, can you make the obscurity of your message clear to readers in English, combining the formal and the vernacular with the bravura of the native-speaker?
With my Bespoke Document Tailoring service, I can help you translate the complexity of your experience into words which allow you to feel heard and understood by your readers.
To explore how I can help you communicate your message with a bespoke approach which complements your literary voice in your native tongue perfectly, go to my Contact form to arrange a discreet and private measure with me.
In today’s complicated and highly entangled world, problems are not solved by following straight lines, but by understanding the mysterious web of connections.
You may be a start-up entrepreneur in Carlton with a revolutionary app, but to ensure that your ideas are truly solid going forward, they need to be rigorously challenged by a mind competent to tease out the strands of complexity.
Dean Kyte brings a bespoke approach to the preparation of strategic documentation of high complexity for small businesspeople and individual entrepreneurs in Melbourne.
With his Bespoke Document Tailoring service, Dean will work with you in an intimate, face-to-face setting, helping you to test the architecture of your thought to ensure the logic is truly solid.
His serene and gentle exterior belies an incisive mind. Both a challenging critic and a tactful diplomat, if it doesn’t make sense, Dean will tell you so and work with you until it does. He brings a novelist’s skills to organizing an effective content strategy for you and the art of the poet to articulating your message with eloquent precision.
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Persuading a client or investor to share your vision is like seducing a woman: you have to paint a clear picture by using vivid and evocative language which appeals to the emotions of your reader.
In this video, Dean Kyte demonstrates how to paint a vivid picture with words as he reads an extract from his latest work in progress. Still in Brisbane, the Melbourne Flâneur paints an impressionistic snapshot of his thoughts and feelings before Rupert Bunny’s Bathers (1906) in the Queensland Art Gallery, making the painting come vividly to life.
As Dean demonstrates, by tailoring the language of your message precisely to your intended reader, you can make even a restricted format like a text message as vivid and evocative as haïku, striking your reader with an emotional impact which allows her to enter into your experience and share your vision in a way which provokes her to enthusiastically respond.
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A short story in which I speculate on the fate of a character I wrote about as a much younger man—and who continues to haunt me still.
‘From this epoch derive the arcades and intérieurs, the exhibition halls and panoramas. They are residues of a dream world.’ — Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project.
Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building is a bizarre Byzantine bazaar, a constantinopolean cathedral consecrated to commerce in the grand nineteenth century tradition. Through the great rounded arches of its windows at dusk, it gives the flâneur a fortuitous glimpse of a world of light and colour, like a movie painted in the monochromatic darkness of a cinema…
In this prose poem, Dean Kyte meditates on one of Melbourne’s most alluring paradoxes…
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In this brief essay, Dean Kyte meditates on the virtues of the Super 8 film format. Special thanks to nanolab for developing and digitizing the footage.
‘… [T]he writer-dandy and by extension the director-dandy are arguably in a privileged position as they can apply their ideals to the limitless realm of fiction. The latter even has the potential to fulfil the depressive’s ultimate dream, the creation of a hermetic, artificial and complete world in accordance with his own highly individual ideal of beauty, his specific tastes.’ — Philip Mann, The Dandy at Dusk: Taste and Melancholy in the Twentieth Century.